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Model Overview

Program Overview

2010
Year Launched
9 - 12
Blended Grades
533
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)


When Byron High School flipped its math classrooms in 2010, other models of blended learning were not widely used or known about. The Flipped Classroom model was the first model that the school learned about, and the math teachers thought it would be a good fit for their school.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?


The biggest challenge for math teachers at Byron High School has been getting their students to truly engage with the video lessons. Young people are used to watching videos for entertainment, but watching videos for learning requires a very different mindset. Even though 90% of students access course Moodle pages after school and on weekends, it can be difficult to get some students to do the preparation outside of class that is necessary for participation in a Flipped Classroom model. This is one reason why some math courses are using the mastery-based structure, in which students may watch the video lessons in the classroom.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?


Mr. Faulkner encourages schools and teachers that want to switch to a Flipped Classroom model to “jump in and try it.” He cautions them, however, to start small by flipping just one course at a time. Byron High School flipped all of its math courses from the get-go, which required a lot of extra work.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math

School Overview

Byron High School is actually a rural school but in reality is like a suburban school since we are 8 miles from Rochester MN home of the Mayo Clinic.

In January 2010 the Byron High School Mathematics Department had the perfect mathematical storm. The school had old books that were falling apart and didn't have the money for new books because of budget cuts. Also, students never read and only used the books for homework problems. The school and mathematics department were looking for ways to improve and decided to stop using textbooks and start writing their own curriculum. Knowing that parents and students would need resources to use at home, the school choose to record math lessons and put them online for students and parents to use. In the fall of 2010, Math Department Head Troy Faulkner decided to pilot the flipped classroom model. Students liked the model and Faulkner saw an increase in student engagement and test scores, so he continued to implement the flipped classroom and the rest of his department soon followed suit. In the fall of 2011 the Byron High School mathematics department won the Intel School of Distinction for High School Mathematics.
The math department has implemented different forms of flipped learning including the Peer Instruction Flipped Learning model and the Mastery Flipped Learning models. Flipped learning has spread to the middle school and a few other departments at the high school.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

10

out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Troy Faulkner

Address:
Byron High School
1887 2nd Ave NW
Byron, Minnesota
55920
United States

Telephone: (507)-775-2301

Byron High School's Website

Demographics

513
Total Students
12%
FRL
--
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

2010

Blended Program Launched 2010